Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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Reviving poetry with Noght Kite Revival

Kristi Kates - September 27th, 2010
Reviving Poetry with Night Kite Revival
By Kristi Kates
Night Kite Revival is most definitely not what Northern Michiganders
have come to expect from the Traverse City Opera House. And that’s not
a bad thing.
“They’re probably the most interesting performers we’ve had here,”
enthuses City Opera House General Manager Diana Barrie.
Entertaining audiences for over ten years, the trio--namely Derrick
Brown, Buddy Wakefield, and Anis Mojgani--have a number of
accomplishments among them. Brown has opened for indie bands like The
Flaming Lips and Cold War Kids, and Mojgani and Wakefield are both
two-time Individual National Poetry Slam Champions. Under the trio’s
new name--”Night Kite Revival” being an apt description for this
“verbal circus,” as they’re often described--they’ll be appearing at
the Opera House on October 5.

Poetry recitals or poetry slams often get a bad rap in general among
those looking for on-stage entertainment. But unlike the typical
incarnations of either of these events, Night Kite Revival’s three
talents, who have also appeared on HBO and The Tonight Show, combine
their skills and wit to intrigue their audiences and make them think
twice about the on-stage rapport.
“I was not a poetry fan before,” Barrie says, “but then I read one of
their books, and I now volunteer to help them with their performances.
Their poetry is political, thoughtful, humorous, and challenging,” she
continues. “It’s actually very different from the in-your-face, loud
experience that my perception of spoken-word poetry was before.”
The members of Night Kite Revival themselves also have a unique
perception of - well, pretty much everything around them. When asked a
few questions about the group, Brown’s answers are half humor, half
logic - a good insight to what you can expect at NKR’s performance.
On how they met, Brown says: “We all ended up at the gym at the same
time because of the Founders’ Day Jubilee,” he explains. “we tied the
burlap sack race. When Anis fell, he said ‘This hurts like an elephant
suffocating on Mars,’ and the rest is poetic history.”
Brown has a similar response when asked how the trio puts together
their live show.
“The way the theatre experience was crafted was through a public poll
involving 500 people, where we asked ‘what is boring about poetry?’
Then we got rid of 45% of what was boring. The other 50% is all from
our creative minds, and the remaining 5% is the boring again. You do
the math,” he concludes.

As for the name that the trio settled on, Brown’s answer is slightly
more sober - well, after a recital of the zany names that they could
have chosen.
“Other possible titles for the show were: The Tree Lemons, Night
Moves, The 14 Musket Tears, New Jersey: The Traveling Road Show, and
Gary Boggle On Ice,” Brown says, “but then we realized that our souls
were as dark as a kite flying in the night, so maybe we should just do
A few additional names - aka special guests - will be joining Night
Kite Revival for their Traverse City show.
“They’ll also have (poetry slam performers) Robbie Q. and Mighty Mike
McGee with them,” Barrie says, “which makes this show a little
different from their other national shows.”
Said to be like “a rock concert, improv show, dance party, and poetry
reading all rolled into one,” NKR’s performances - which are more akin
to events or “happenings,” if you want to use a ’60s term -- are
well-regarded and often thought of as the pinnacle of what a
poetry-slam-meets-theater-experience can be.
From their appearances at the Austin Poetry Slam (“one of the
highlights of our year!”) to the Wordstock Literary Festival (“truly
phenomenal - the Revival is the real thing”), Night Kite Revival fills
the room with energy and - much like Barrie experienced - may indeed
change how you perceive today’s modern poetry.
You can definitely expect a few laughs, too - but be sure to have a
snack before you go.
“On stage and off - they’re hilarious,” Barrie says, “but remember -
it is strictly a B.Y.O.C. - bring your own churros-show,” Brown grins.

Night Kite Revival will be appearing at the Traverse City Opera House
on October 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at
www.cityoperahouse.org. Strong language and mature content may not be
appropriate for everyone.

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